Why Haven’t You Joined Twitter for Feminist Perspectives?

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Are you on Twitter? Let me just go ahead and tell you that you’re seriously missing out if you’re not. When I first started engaging in the Twitterverse I didn’t see the real value. I didn’t think 140 characters was enough to create a dialogue; I didn’t understand hashtags; I didn’t understand all of the @s and RTs. Now, I don’t know how I survived without it, but not in an oh-the-Internetz-I’ll-just-die-without-it kinda way. I don’t know what I’d do without it because feminism on Twitter is on point.

 If you follow the right people your mind is constantly blown wide open with 140 characters, and those people, they’re usually hilarious and brilliant.

For instance, Trudy AKA @thetrudz. She describes herself as, “Writer & social critic at @. Photog & writer at . Writer & film/tv curator at . Womanist. INTJ. ”   Trudy has over 36k followers, but I’ve still had meaningful interaction with her about cultural appropriation and being a better ally. She’s funny, has varied interestes, and is fucking brilliant.

Trudy lives in Florida, and I live in Utah. Oh, the power of the Internet.

Then there’s Amy McCarthy AKA @aemccarthy. Her Twitter profile says, “editor. writer. feminist. #cmgr. constantly playing top chef in my kitchen. lipstick junkie. Music writer @DumbingAmerica / Feminism @Feminist4Choice.” Amy and I have talked about Diva Cups and hijabs on Twitter, and she constantly shares razor-sharp insight on privilege (particularly thin and race privilege).

Again, I’m in Utah, and Amy is in Texas. (Have I convinced you to join yet?)

My worldview is changing by clicking the “follow” button on people I’ve never heard of. I have participated in the live reaction to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, the Boston bombings, and the Wendy Davis filibuster. I stay in the loop because I follow people who know more than me, and I read their conversations carefully.

Critics of Twitter decry the allotted character count, but they fail to understand that sense of community that comes with the platform. 140 characters necessitates discussion, explanation, and clarity. You just can’t say anything of real value without engaging above and beyond one Tweet at a time. All of this isn’t to say that Twitter is a perfect place (OBVIOUSLY), because online harassment is a serious problem, especially for WoC, trans* and queer people, and other groups of marginalized folks. We need to constantly evaluate new ways to make the Internet an accessible, harassment-free space.

I almost guarantee that if you spend one week on Twitter diligently engaging with like-minded folks, and those who know more than you, you will come to value Twitter in a way you never imagined. Sign-up, be safe, and engage. The Twittersphere awaits you.

[This post was updated to reflect a more nuanced description of the two women I follow on Twitter. They’re not here for consumption.]

Follow SLC Feminist on Twitter at @slcfeminist

Comments

  1. I have a Twitter but I never use it! I think it’s because I’m not following enough people whose tweets I actually care about… Hopefully I can fix that starting now, though!

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